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11.08.02
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Election 2002 Analysis: Guest Biographies
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What does it mean for America to have a president with the freedom to do what he wants in the world and the power with which to do it? Writing in the WASHINGTON POST this week, one conservative ally of the president said the world should get ready for "The Doctrine of the Big Enchilada." NOW looks at this question with guests Samantha Power and Simon Schama.

NOW also takes a look at the homefront with guest Lewis Lapham. The latest unemployment figures show that the benefits for 370 thousand out-of-work people expired in September alone. It's actually worse than the unemployment situation during the recession 10 years ago. What's in store for working Americans in the new political climate?

Samantha Power
Samantha Power

Samantha Power was born in Ireland, grew up in America, became a journalist and war correspondent, and is the author of the acclaimed book: A PROBLEM FROM HELL, exploring why our country did nothing to stop the genocides of the 20th century.

Ms. Power is Lecturer in Public Policy and was Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. From 1993-1996, Power covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT and the ECONOMIST. In 1996 she joined the International Crisis Group (ICG) as a political analyst, helping launch the organization in Bosnia.

Her article on the Rwandan genocide, "Bystanders to Genocide" appeared in the September 2001 issue of the ATLANTIC MONTHLY. She is the editor, with Graham Allison, of REALIZING HUMAN RIGHTS (2000).

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Simon Schama
Simon Schama

Simon Schama is one of the most widely read historians of our time, a global best seller, and a noted art and literary critic. Among those best sellers are his two volumes on the HISTORY OF BRITAIN — his native land. The third volume will be published in December of 2002.

He is also the writer and narrator of many highly-regarded TV films, on topics including Western art, Rembrandt, landscape, and a fifteen-part series on the history of Britain.

From 1995-'98, he was art critic and cultural essayist for THE NEW YORKER magazine. Simon Schama is University Professor of history and art history at Columbia University.

Books by Simon Schama

  • CITIZENS: A CHRONICLE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
  • DEAD CERTAINTIES
  • THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES: AN INTERPRETATION OF DUTCH CULTURE IN THE GOLDEN AGE
  • A HISTORY OF BRITAIN : AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D
  • A HISTORY OF BRITAIN, VOLUME II: THE WARS OF THE BRITISH 1603-1776
  • A HISTORY OF BRITAIN: THE FATE OF EMPIRE 1776-2002
  • PATRIOTS AND LIBERATORS, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History.
  • REMBRANDT'S EYES

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Lewis Lapham
Lewis H. Lapham

Lewis Lapham was born January 8, 1935, in San Francisco, California; educated at the Hotchkiss School, Yale University and Cambridge University. He was a newspaper reporter for THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER (1957-1959) and for THE NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE (1960-1962); managing editor of HARPER'S Magazine (1971-1975); editor of HARPER'S Magazine (1976-1981 and 1983-present). Syndicated newspaper columnist (1981-1987).

Mr. Lapham's several books of essays (FORTUNE'S CHILD, MONEY AND CLASS IN American, IMPERIAL MASQUERADE, HOTEL American, THE WISH FOR KINGS, and WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS) have prompted the NEW YORK TIMES to liken him to H. L. Mencken, VANITY FAIR to suggest a strong resemblance to Mark Twain, and Tom Wolfe to compare him to Montaigne. THE AGONY OF MAMMON (Verso Books) and LAPHAM'S RULES OF INFLUENCE (Random House) were published in 1999. His most recent book, THEATER OF WAR, was published by The New Press last month.

Lapham writes a monthly essay for HARPER'S Magazine called "Notebook." He won a 1995 National Magazine Award for three of those essays, in which the judges discovered "an exhilarating point of view in an age of conformity." He has also written for LIFE, COMMENTARY, NATIONAL REVIEW, THE YALE LITERARY MAGAZINE, ELLE, FORTUNE, FORBES, THE American SPECTATOR, VANITY FAIR, TRAVEL AND LEISURE GOLF, PARADE, CHANNELS, MACLEAN'S, THE LONDON OBSERVER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Mr. Lapham was the host and author of the six-part documentary series AMERICA'S CENTURY, broadcast on public television in the United States and in England on Channel Four in the autumn of 1989. Between 1989 and 1991 he was the host and Executive Editor of BOOKMARK, a weekly public television series seen on over 150 stations nationwide. Lapham is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Century Club, and the Advisory Council to the New School University. He lives in New York City.

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